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best they can do, then i will take the case to the american people that we have got to continue going out there and solving this problem. it is the right thing to do. and it is time to do it. we can't keep on putting it off. >> you suggested that speaker boehner didn't return phone calls this afternoon. could you elaborate on that? >> i'm less concerned about me having to wait for my phone call return than i am the message that i received when i actually got the phone call. i'm going to make this last question. go ahead. >> the markets are closed right now obviously. what assurances can you give people on wall street? are you going to reach out to people on wall street that when monday comes we don't see a reaction to the news that is developing right now? >> i think it is very important that the leadership understands that wall street will be opening on monday and we better have some answers during the course of the next several days. >> what can you say to people
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who are watching who work on wall street that may find this news alarming perhaps? >> i think what you should say -- here's what i would say. i remain confident that we will get an extension of the debt limit and we will not default. i am confident of that. i am less confident at this point that people are willing to step up to the plate and actually deal with the underlying problem of debt and deficits. that requires tough choices. that's what we were sent here to do. the debt ceiling, that's a formality. historically this has not even been an issue. it is an unpleasant vote but it is a routine vote done. ronald reagan said default is
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not an option. that it would be hugely damaging to the prestige of the united states and we shouldn't even consider it. so that's the easy part. we should have done that six months ago. the hard part is actually dealing with the underlying debt and deficits. and doing it in a way that's fair. that's all the american people are looking for. some fairness. i can't tell you how many letters and e-mails i get includeing from republican voters who say, look, we know that neither party is blameless when it comes to how this debt and deficit develop. there has been a lot of blame to spread around. but we sure hope you don't just balance the budget on the backs of seniors. we sure hope we are not slashing our commitment to make sure kids can go to college. we sure hope we are not
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suddenly throwing a bunch of poor kids off the medicaid roll so they can't get preventive procedures that keep them out of the emergency room. that's all they are looking for. some fairness. what you will hear as well, i suspect, if the senate is prepared to pass the cap cut and balance bill, the republican plan, then somehow we can solve this problem. that's serious debt reduction. it turns out actually that the plan speaker boehner and i were talking about was comparable in terms of deficit reduction. the difference was we didn't put all the burden on the people who are least able to protect themselves who don't have lobbyists in town, don't have lawyers working on the tax code for them. working folks. ordinary folks that are
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struggling every day and they know they are getting a raw deal and they are mad at everybody about it. they are mad at democrats and they are mad at republicans because they know somehow no matter how hard they work they don't seem to be able to keep up and what they are looking for is someone that is willing to look out for them. that's all they are looking for. and for us not to be keeping those folks in mind every single day when we are up here for us to be more worried about what some thunder says or some talk radio show host says or what some columnist says or what pledge we signed back when we were trying to run or worrying about having a primary fight. for us to be thinking in those terms instead of thinking about
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those folks it inexcusable. i mean, the american people are just desperate for folks who are willing to put aside politics just for a minute and try to get some stuff done. so when nora asked, or somebody else asked, why was i willing to go along with a deal that wasn't optimal from my perspective? it was because even if i didn't think the deal was perfect at least it would show that this place is serious. that we are willing to take on our responsibilities even when it is tough. that we are willing to step up even when the folks who helped get us elected may disagree. and at some point i think if you want to be a leader then you've got to lead.
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thank you very much. >> is there a credit rating downgrade? >> mr. president... >> president obama passionately making his case for his side of the argument in what when he think was a fairly impromptu press conference. president obama in his words he was left at the alter. speaker boehner has pulled out of the negotiations for the big deal that would cut the deficit and raise the debt ceiling all at the same time. that negotiation is apparently over. in a letter to his colleagues speaker boehner makes his sides of the case "a deal was never reached, it was never really close. in the end we couldn't connect. the president is emphatic that taxes have to be raised. as a former small businessman i know taxes destroy jobs." which it means as of now that august 2nd deadline continues to approach. there is no deal to raise the debt ceiling, no deal to cut
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spending. what happens now? president obama saying he has asked tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. he wants to see boehner, nancy pelosi, harry reid and mitch mcconnell all at the white house to talk about what happens next. he says as of now time is running out and there is no way to make the big deal so he is willing to sign a small deal. extension through 2013. he will talk about that with the house and senate leaders tomorrow. so that's all for 9news now right now at 6 p.m. now if you want to know more about this of course it is there for you. the cbs evening news follows us next and at 7 p.m. anny and i will be here with the latest on the local news and your weather and of course as i mentioned is always on. i'll see new a little while. captions by: caption colorado, llc 800-775-7838 email: here processed the carnage, they also scrambled for safety and emergency crews moved in to treat the wounded. police blocked off roads. locals were told to stay inside.
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>> ( translated ): it's very frightening and now everyone is wondering if it was an act of terror or if it was a suicide bomber. but no one can give us an answer at the moment. >> reporter: all afternoon, fear of more potential attacks hung over this city. norway's prime minister quickly went on t.v. pledging his commitment to fight back. but a short time later, reports of another incident, a shooting about 60 miles north of oslo on a small island, a campground where hundreds of teenagers, members of norway's labour party were meeting. locals were seen trying to swim away. >> i hide under the bed and it was very terrifying, actually and at one point the shooting was very, very close to the building. i think it actually hit the building one time and the people in the next room screamed very loud. >> reporter: a gunman of norwegian yen descent dressed as
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a police officer had opened fire. he was arrested but not before his deadly rampage. police say the same man had been seen at the earlier bombing at the capital. >> ( translated ): it was completely chaotic. people threw themselves into the water and i think a lot of people lost their lives. >> reporter: late tonight, police are telling us they also found undetonated explosives on that island. meanwhile, here in oslo, police are warning people to stay clear of the city. bob? >> schieffer: are they... jeff, are they heeding that warning? >> for the most part, they are. we walked down a street with someone who lives here. on a friday night the street is generally packed, he said. there was hardly anyone on that street tonight so, yes, they are listening as this investigation continues. >> schieffer: are they worried there are other explosives that haven't been found yet he? is that the reason for this? >> reporter: i think that was clearly the fear for a lot of people this afternoon. you saw people continuing to stream out even after the initial explosions happened here. i would say some of that fear has subsided but still a lot of
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people do not want to come to the city tonight and police don't want them here. >> schieffer: all right, well, thank you, jeff, and be safe. now, bob orr is in washington with more on this. bob, oslo, of all places. i mean, what are you finding out about this? >> reporter: well, bob, believe it or not, norway has been on al qaeda's hit list for agent about eight years now. leader ayman al-zawahiri back in 2003 warned norway would be targeting for supporting the u.s. war in afghanistan. after a norwegian newspaper reprinted cartoons of the prophet mohammed in 2006, once again al qaeda called for revenge. then last july, three alleged al qaeda operatives were arrested inside norway for plotting to hit targets there. but i have to say, there have been no claims of responsibility u.s. officials say right now there's no solid evidence this is al qaeda. there's a wide field of suspects including political radicals. >> schieffer: okay. well, thank you very much, bob. bob orr in washington. well, yes, it is july, and it's supposed to be hot in july. but it's hard to remember it being this hot. today the east coast got a full
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dose of the heat wave that's blamed for 34 deaths nationwide. in new york and atlantic city, the temperature actually hit 104. baltimore and washington saw 105. and it felt a lot hotter. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: in the last week, 1,472 temperature records have been set or tied across the country. newark, new jersey, hit 108 degrees, the highest temperature ever recorded there: >> like an oven. a roasting oven. >> reporter: all told, 132 million americans are now trapped in the heat dome stretching across 29 states and the district of columbia. >> it's pretty hot but i brought a lot of water and i'm going in the water every few minutes. >> reporter: electric grids nationwide are feeling the strain. so great that property owners like the durst organization cut back on power in this skyscraper by 10%, the energy use of a thousand homes. by darkening the lights,
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shutting down an escalator and making 43,000 gallons of ice each day in their basement to help cool the building. >> people always talked about saving the summer warmth for winter and the winter coolness for summer and nobody seems to have been able to achieve that yet, but this is the next best thing. >> reporter: superheated air will stay locked in over the south. today amarillo, texas, tied its record for most 100-degree days in a year-- 27-- and there's still plenty of summer left to go. and they'll finally get some relief at least here in new york this weekend. temperatures just in the 90s. bob, that's what constitutes relief around here these days. >> schieffer: okay. thank you very much, jim. there's a new twist in britain's phone hacking scandal. accusations that rupert murdoch's son did not tell parliament the truth. we'll meet some people who could be the real victims if the government defaults. and next stop mars. scientists are betting big on the next rover when the cbs news
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assistance in south florida. >> this is where i used to work in the nursing home. >> reporter: she earned enough to raise three children, but not enough to save for retirement. now 69, jones completely depends on her monthly social security check. >> $955. >> reporter: every month? >> every month. >> reporter: and you live entirely off of that? >> yes. >> reporter: jones' next check and rent bill are both due august 3, the same day a debt ceiling deadlock could stop the treasury from seconding out checks. >> i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3 if we haven't resolved this issue. >> it's scary, you know? because you don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: nearly 55 million people receive social security benefits in june. that monthly check was the primary source of income for almost nine million recipients ages 65 and older. many, like mattie, also depend on government-funded services like this meal plan at her local senior center. now her most important daily
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trenz and they paid the price. dean reynolds with more on that now. >> reporter: at borders flagship store? ann arbor, michigan, where it was founded 40 years ago and where today there's a 40% liquidation discount, bargain shoppers lamented its demise. >> i'm going to miss it. it's going to be a huge hole in the community. >> reporter: and in other communities, too. this store and 398 others nationwide will close by the end of september. the cost? nearly $11,000 jobs. borders is the latest brick-and-mortar victim of a digital age. peter wahlstrom is consumer analyst for morning star. >> borders didn't develop its own identity online and when they tried to recapture that are in 2008 it was probably a little too late. >> reporter: borders' biggest competitors have been nimbler in nabbing cyberspace. amazon, a trail blaze we are its kindle, reader sells more e-books than paper books. barnes & noble follows suit with
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nook and an aggressive online strategy that now sells three e-books for every one paper book. if nothing else, bookstores are useful in drumming up interest in books, even if the eventual purr schas made online. and it's that online issue that is something all retailers are having to deal with as they try to avoid the fate of borders. >> we hope to survive. >> reporter: bob con tonight has owned st. mark's book shop for 30 years. he sees the writing on the brick and mortar wall and joined other small bookstore owners in a partnership with google to offer customers e-books. >> we recognize the fact that for a lot of people an e-book is a very convenient way to read books. and if that's what they prefer, we can provide that. >> reporter: and with the number of e-readers on pace to jump to 29 million by 2015, the moral of the story is adapt or die.
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dean reynolds, cbs news, ann arbor, michigan. >> schieffer: rupert murdoch's son james has some explaining to do in the phone-hacking scandal at the "news of the world." he told parliament tuesday he only knew of one reporter who did any hacking, but today two former company executives claim they told murdoch three years ago the problem was much more widespread. we'll be right back. dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. [ male announcer ] inside every box of cheerios are those great-tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol. is it a superhero? kinda. ♪
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>> pelley: nasa has big plans now to send a new rover to mars, the mission to answer the old question: is there life there? here's john blackstone. >> reporter: this two and a half billion dollar car-sized robot nicknamed "curiosity" designed and built at the jet propulsion lab in pass deena, california, is nasa's newest unmanned explorer. officially it's called the mars science laboratory. the three earlier rovers confirmed mars once had enough water to create oceans. curiosity will search for signs of life. nasa biologist bob koukol says all the images from mars have hinted at the possibilities, but don't provide proof. >> we don't expect to see bambi walking across the surface of mars or anything like that. if there's any life on mars, it is probably microbial.
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>> reporter: koukol has been keeping a close watch on the rover as it's been assembled and tested in a germ-free clean room protected from outside can nomination. the goal is to make sure no earth creatures hitch a ride on "curiosity." >> the last thing we want to have is to wind up on the front page of a newspaper with a giant headline that says "life discovered on mars" and then two days later there's a little story that goes "whoops, it was something we took with us." >> reporter: unlike previous mars rovers that landed wrapped in air bags and bounced to a stop, "curiosity" will make a rocket-controlled precision landing. it's a maneuver control systems manager steven lee has rehearsed over and over. >> rotation all the way around now. >> reporter: but the real thing will be the real test. how tense is that? >> from the entry to the landing is known at j.p.l. as the six minutes of terror. so we certainly are always on edge but the six minutes
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themselves are certainly a very tense moment, as a lot of us have put many, many years of our careers and lives into this system. >> reporter: while the mars science laboratory is big and ambitious, the exploration of mars with rovers started small. this small! this is the actual size of "pathfinder," the first rover sent to mars in 1997. "pathfinder" and the other mars rovers operated on solar panels, "curiosity" is operated by a nuclear generator. how fast will this go? >> we don't try to set any speed records so we want to be careful along our way so typically we'll drive one, maybe two football fields a day. >> reporter: in the two years it's scheduled to operate, "curiosity" should travel about 13 miles, looking for something humans have been curious about for centuries: the possibility of life on mars. john blackstone, cbs news, pass deena. >> schieffer: and that's the news. for scott and all of us at cbs news, i'm
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. this is wusa 9 news. >> there does seem to be a capacity for them to say yes. president obama calling out the congress after the house speaker walks away from talks on the debt ceiling. only 11 days until we default speaker john boehner walked out with negotiations with the president this afternoon. the president addressed the nation less than an hour ago. >> this was an extraordinaryly fair deal. if it was unbalanced it was unbalanced in the direction of not enough revenue. but in the interests of being serious about deficit reduction i was willing to take a lot of heat

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